Most of the cars we test on this magazine are half decent nowadays, to a point where the all-out lemon has, somewhat sadly, pretty much disappeared. 

Genuinely dreadful machines such as the Lada Samara and FSO Polonez once provided us car journos with a rare and strangely enjoyable opportunity to put the knife in and then twist it, after all; but today there is no such thing.

The vast majority of the current cars we drive and write about are, by those kinds of standards, unrecogniseably excellent overall.

By the same token, however, the true-blue game changer is an equally rare beast in 2013. We see maybe one, perhaps two such cars a year sometimes – yet despite the fact that we’re only half way through this year I’ve already driven two 100 per cent rule benders, and both of them are made by Porsche.